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BE THE WOLF - IMAGO - ALBUM REVIEW

Scarlet Records | Release Date: October 16 2015

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Be The Wolf certainly have chops and certainly know how to Rock but they also have that quirky edge to their music which can swing a band one of two ways – towards the beard scratchers and the road to self-importance, like bands as diverse as Birds of Tokyo, Incubus  and Muse; or to true liberation along the lines of Rival Sons and their ilk. Thankfully it’s too soon to call and to be honest after initial musings on the subject after listening to opening track ‘Si(g)ns’ (yes I’ll admit as much for the spelling and backing vocals as anything) ‘Chameleon’ is a far simpler modern Hard Rock proposition.


‘The Fall’ sadly takes us back to square one with its self-consciously ‘cool’ and unnecessary ‘Woo-Ooh-Ooh-Ooh-Ooo’ opening and repeated refrain. The remainder of the album is split between a mix of quirky-cool with a pop-punk element like ‘24’ with its unaccompanied intro and finger-clicks and simple modern rock like ‘Jungle Julia’ or ‘The Comedian’. In that way the album is a little schizophrenic, though these days that is often treated as genius by the bearded generation.


To be honest I like it at times, and it annoys the hell out of me at others.  I like its Muse-like excesses, I like it when it plays straight, but hate the convoluted ‘coolness’ which is exactly why I’m tipping these guys to be a huge hit with the younger Millennial generation (us old Gen-Yers!).


Favourites have to be ‘The Comedians’ and ‘Florinda’s Murderer’. Though award for song title of the week must go to ‘Dust In Hoffman’…. Kind in a away reminds me of bands like Mallory Knox…


 

by Leslii Phillips

 

 


 

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